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Shingles

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 15 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people over 50 years of age were diagnosed with shingles in each of the last five years. (247534)

Shingles is not a notifiable disease and the Health Protection Agency does not undertake national surveillance of shingles. Data are available from some sentinel surveillance systems such as the General Practice Research Database (GPRD). A recently published study (“Epidemiology and cost of herpes zoster and post-herpetic neuralgia in the United Kingdom”) using data from the GPRD between January 2000 and the end of March 2006 reported an estimated 88,667 shingles cases in England per year in the population aged 50 and above.